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Tattoo Design Tea Towels


Our Tattoo Design Tea Towel/Glasscloth are inspired by old-school tattoos given a special twist for wine lovers.  Available in two original designs; Wine Lover and Claret Bottle

A wonderful gift for the wine lover in your life.  Exclusive to Top Note Design.

High quality linen union fabric (60% cotton, 40% linen). Developed to achieve a lint free sparkling finish on your glasses and china. With hanging loop. Made in the UK.


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Our Tattoo Design Tea Towels are handprinted on fine linen union fabric.  They will leave your glasses crystal clear and lint free with a sparkling shine.  A must for the kitchen of any wine lover.

The inspiration for the design of these two tattoo glass cloths comes from the iconic work of ‘Sailor Jerry’  Sailor Jerry was born Norman Collins in the early 20th Century.  He was a man who chose to live his on his own terms.  He left home young hitch-hiking through America.  During his travels he not only learned the art of tattooing but also joined the Navy, developing a life long love to ships.

Old-school tattoos have roots in the American serviceman’s interpretation of traditions and symbols that go back thousands of years. Every tattoo is a personal statement but there are certain common meanings.

Wine Lover Tattoo Design Tea Towels

Our design takes inspiration from Sailor Jerry’s swallow tattoos.  Use of the swallow indicates that a sailors has sailed 5000 miles however, swallows are also associated with the idea of return.  This “return” symbolism comes from two strands. Firstly, the swallow’s famous migration pattern and secondly the belief that if a sailor dies at sea, birds carry his soul home to heaven.

Claret Bottle Tattoo Design Tea Towels

Taking inspiration from the traditional sailor’s bottle of rum we decided to base our design on a bottle of claret.

Exclusive to Top Note Design.  This original linen union tea towel.  Well known tattoos but with a twist for wine lovers.

Size:  44cm x 74cm ; wash at 40 degrees

Screenprinted by hand in the UK


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